Title: Notes On A Scandal
Author: Zoe Heller
Page Count/Review Word Count: 250
Now here’s a rare thing – a book that I didn’t think was as good as the movie adaptation. And it’s not that it’s a bad book – it’s just that it seems to drag on here and there, and I found it hard to relate to any of the characters.
Still, the story is fascinating, and even though I didn’t really like the narrator, I didn’t like the protagonist, either. Loosely speaking, then, this book contains the memoirs of a former teacher called Barbara Covett as she recounts what happened at the school she was at.
Sheba Hart, a younger woman, joined the staff of the school and eventually had an affair with one of her students, leading to the titular scandal. Right from the start, we know that the scandal became public and that Sheba was ostracised by society, but through her memories of the whole sordid affair, we get to see why she did it.
I’m not really sure what else there is to add to that. It was a decent enough book and I’m glad that I finally got round to reading it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it and I’d say that it’s one of the more forgettable books that I’ve read this year. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003, but it didn’t blow my mind.